MALI THREATENED WITH FIFA BAN

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The Mali National team are at the risk of being a subject to a FIFA ban and hence, disqualification from 2019 Africa Cup of Nations.

The Federation of Mali Football (FEMAFOOT) was suspended in March 2017 for government interference after the Sports minister dissolved the Executive Committee and replaced it with a provisional committee to run the Federation.

The ban was however lifted six weeks later after the initial decision of replacing the FEMAFOOT with government appointees was annulled by the country’s Sports Ministry.

In December 2017, a Standardization committee was appointed by FIFA. The Committee was charged managing the day-to-day affairs of the Federation, reviewing its statutes, and organizing and supervising the elections of its new Executive Committee.

The director of Africa’s member associations at FIFA was clear during his visit to Bamako on Saturday that should the General Assembly to be held on June 15 not gone right, Mali will receive the FIFA ban.

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Should Mali be banned by FIFA, the Africa Cup of Nations might be played with 27 teams in accordance with Article 27 of the CAF rules. CAF can also decide to replace Mali with Gabon who finished in 3rd place in the group where Mali qualified to the AFCON from.

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